There’s been a lot of talk about the upcoming 40th anniversary of Earth Day (it’s next week, April 22). And I realize that the whole point of Earth Day is not to consume but to conserve. Alas, there is no denying the greedy, consumption hungry nation that we are. (Some would argue that our economy could use the jump start.)
So recycle those cans, bike to work, keep doing all those little things it takes to help our Earth. And if you have to buy a baby shower gift, something for mother’s day, or even another little trinket for yourself, try to shop green. It’s the least we can do.
One of my new-found favorite sites to shop for gifts is Bundlelove. It seems I’ve reached an age where everyone and their mother (no, sometimes literally!) are having babies. Bundlelove, co-founded by Asian Americans Sandy Lee Carpenter and Kailyn Tan McCracken, makes it so easy to give a cute, smart, “personalized” gift without having to go through the torture of visiting your local Babies R’ Us. I really dig their “Tree Hugger” bundle set, perfect for getting your friends’ little one off on the right foot.
The prepackaged gift bundle includes a hooded towel, cotton kimono, diaper shell, bottle, tote and rattle, all organic, all chemical-free. Get it at Bundlelove.
If you didn’t know by now, green is back.
It started with the palest jade nails and jade jewelry on Chanel’s Autumn/Winter 2009/2010 runway.
Then the black nail polish obsession morphed into a penchant for all shades green, from blackened emerald to opaque mint.
And if the Spring 2010 runways are any indication, the color so commonly associated with everything from envy to environmental consciousness is officially back on its own merits: As pure, unadulterated color.
Still model of the moment, Liu Wen wore head to toe peacock green on the Yves Saint Laurent runway, made cooler with pewter accents.
At 3.1 Phillip Lim, the hue of choice was a chartreuse-y lime, done up in satin and made edgy with sheer black.
Can’t do head to toe? Add a touch in your accessories, like the printed scarf and deep emerald earrings on Liu Wen on the Marni runway. (Looks so good with gold — still going strong for spring!)
Treat green like a neutral. Just a touch of olive at Jonathan Saunders adds edge to clean lines. Tao Okamoto in Jonathan Saunders.
The freshest way to wear green is mixed with a shade — any shade — of blue. Emma Pei in a brilliant emerald green Lela Rose dress.
Get in on this trend now. Accessories are the easiest way to go green; they’ll add a pop to your fall wardrobe, or a twinge of envy for the holidays.